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Courtney Martinez | NCAA.com | June 9, 2016

2016 MLB Draft: 17 college players selected in first round

The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft began on Thursday in Secaucus, New Jersey and will run through Saturday June 11. A total of 17 NCAA players were selected throughout the first night and Louisville led with three players.

The Cincinnati Reds selected Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel with the No. 2 overall pick. Regarded as one of the best hitters in this year's draft class, Senzel completed a three-year career in Knoxville with a .332 career average and a .508 slugging percentage. During his junior season, Senzel finished with 74 hits, 59 RBI and a .352 batting average.

Louisville outfielder Corey Ray became the second NCAA player taken with the Brewers' No. 5 overall pick. His speed has come in handy for the Cardinals with his 44 stolen bases, and he is currently hitting .325. Ray and the Cardinals will face UC Santa Barbara in the Super Regionals on Saturday.

The Oakland Athletics added Florida pitcher A.J. Puk with the sixth overall pick. In his 70 innings pitched this season, Puk has struck out 95 batters and has allowed 25 earned runs for a 3.21 ERA. The Gators will look toward Puk in the super regionals against Florida State.

Stanford pitcher Cal Quantrill went eighth overall to the San Diego Padres and became the 31st first round pick in program history. Quantrill finished his Cardinal career with a 2.57 ERA and 118 strikeouts.

The Chicago White Sox selected Miami (Fla.) catcher Zack Colllns with the No. 10 pick. The junior leads Division I with 69 walks this season and ranks top five in on-base percentage. Collins and the Hurricanes will face Boston College in the first Super Regional game on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

The following NCAA players were selected in the first round of the amateur draft.

Player   School MLB Team Selection
Nick Senzel 3B Tennessee Cincinnati Reds 2nd Overall
Corey Ray OF Louisville Milwaukee Brewers 5th Overall
A.J. Puk LHP Florida Oakland Athletics 6th Overall
Cal Quantrill RHP Stanford San Diego Padres 8th Overall
Zack Collins C Miami (Fla.) Chicago White Sox 10th Overall
Kyle Lewis OF Mercer Seattle Mariners 11th Overall
Matt Thaiss C Virginia Los Angeles Angels 16th Overall
Justin Dunn RHP Boston College New York Mets 19th Overall
TJ Zeuch RHP Pittsburgh Toronto Blue Jays 21st Overall
Will Craig 3B Wake Forest Pittsburgh Pirates 22nd Overall
Eric Lauer LHP Kent State San Diego Padres 25th Overall
Zach Burdi RHP Louisville Chicago White Sox 26th Overall
Cody Sedlock RHP Illinois Baltimore Orioles 27th Overall
Dane Dunning RHP Florida Washington Nationals 29th Overall
Anthony Kay LHP Connecticut New York Mets 31st Overall
Will Smith C Louisville Los Angeles Dodgers 32nd Overall
Dakota Hudson RHP Mississippi State St. Louis Cardinals 34th Overall

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